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MORNING FROST GREAT SMOKY MOUNTAIN BY MATT COWAN
 This First Friday is March 6, 2015
             Next First Friday is April 3, 2015
BLOOP BY SUSAN HRIBERNIK
MAYMONT SUNDAY AFTERNOON BY SUSAN LAMSON
LOTUS BY PETER THAXTON
HOPE BY CHRIS SEMTNER
Anne Hart Chay stars as the Magic Finger Princess in the latest Film Production of The Lincoln Studio which can be viewed worldwide on YouTube. Simply click the dancing heart to your left to enjoy!
Anne Hart Chay at the Susan Singer Expose
NUDE BY RICK DELANO
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Photography of SANTO TOMAS, GUATEMALA by ANNE HART CHAY
Photography of TIENDA, LAS CRUCES GUATEMALA by ANNE HART CHAY
ECLAT BURST by AHN-VAN TRUONG
FRESHLY CUT BY AHN-VAN TRUONG
ANNE & HER TWO MOST PRECIOUS GIFTS
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Yo Guatemala, new photography by Anne Hart Chay is a collection of images taken over the past Christmas holiday in Suchatepechez, Guatemala and the surrounding areas. Some of the images come from four wheeling up mountainsides then walking when the bumpy roads ran out. Others are of coffee pickers, children and venders. Anne Hart Chay is the founder of Visual Art Studio, one of the originating sites of the First Fridays Art Walk. She served on the board of Curated Culture for more than a decade and was equally honored to be a contributing member of the Arts District Task Force. She has showcased her drawings, paintings and photography in Virginia, NYC and London for the past 25 years. Her award winning art work is in public and private collections. Yo Guatemala is on display through Friday August 29, 2014.   
AWAKENING BY CHRIS SEMTNER
SYCAMORE HILL BY ELAINE BANKSTON
REJOICE BY ORGIA LABIDI
    BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY BY ANNE HART CHAY
ALLEY by ANNE HART CHAY
RICHMOND by ANNE HART CHAY
JAMES CENTER STATUE by ANNE HART CHAY
HUMMINGBIRD FEEDER by ANNE HART CHAY
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HAND BY NICKOLAI
FALL IN VIRGINIA BY ANH-VAN TRUONG
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EVE II BY GREG LEWIS $700.00
"Sacred Flesh"  Catalog available in the gallery $30.
"Arcade Complex" by Dan Rhett, framed 16" x 20" oil on canvas $225.00
"Terra Cotta Giraffe"  by Dan Rhett 24"x 36" oil on canvas  $400.00
ANNE CUTS THE CAKE CELEBRATING HER 17 YEARS AT THIS LOCATION WHILE DAUGHTER SARAH ALICIA IS READY FOR FIRST BITE
LOCALLY MADE PURSES, JEWELRY & BOOKS
ATHENIAN WARRIOR BY NICKOLA
ANCIENT MUSE BY ORGIA LABIDI
ART2GO BY SUSAN NICKOLAI, HRIBERNEK AND KAMARI ALLEN
Celebrating 18 years at our current location with over 2 decades in Historic Downtown Richmond! (Please note: We are not Visart on Main Street)

Richmond, VA - anne'sVisual Art Studio proudly announces our television debut on VCU InSights WCVW channel 57 Friday February 27, 2015 at 7PM and Opening First Friday March 6th ReelAbilites RVA, Trunk Show by TH Collectibles and an "Artist Talk" by our featured artist Nickolai at 6:30 followed by reception with music by Elana Lisa until 10PM. Nickolai will speak about his new solo exhibition Art of Conflict on VCU InSights February 27, 2015 and in the gallery March 6, 2015. He will be available for comments and questions during First Friday March 6, 2015. His Bio-Artist Statement is below.
ReelAbilities RVA: VCUarts Cinema Student Marketing Team will be projecting their films March 6, 2015 at Visual Art Studio to help spread the word about the 2015 ReelAbilities film festival taking place in April. http://reelabilitiesrva.tumblr.com/about   CURRENTLY...

Art of Conflict by Nickolai is on display through Friday March 27, 2015. jpegs attached www.nickolaiwalko.com

Seers and Mystics by Orgia Labidi, and Layers, photography by Lew Lott continues through May 1, 2015. www.lewlott.com

Orgia Labidi and Lew Lott artist statements below. 

NICKOLAI BIO-ARTIST STATEMENT

August 24th, 1991, I was born in Perm, Russia. Relinquished from my original parents, I was placed in a Siberian orphanage. 2 years later I had the fortune of being adopted by a heartfelt couple. As I look back and imagine myself boarding my first sky machine to take me to my new home across the Atlantic I wonder if perhaps my fascination with flying machines began then.  From then onward, I had my head turned skywards. I wanted so badly to mimic those giant metals birds that cradled me. With several sheets of paper and mark making utensils I did the best I could to have what was in the sky to right in front of me.  For years I firmly took to drawing until I discovered sculpture. My mid-teens offered a road of enlightenment as I discovered exciting new materials, among them, the materials that planes themselves are made of: aluminum, steel, fabric, wax, and wood. While still nurturing an interest within aviation, the ancient idea of protective body armor caught my eye. Both airplanes and armor share similar forms and purposes. They are both a means of human achievement to overcome a block. In such terms a block is defined as an inconvenience to overcome much like a writers block. Such a breakthrough could be conquering a distance in record time or advancement in society. I was so captivated by the idea of flight and the objects that make it possible. Body armor and certain airplane forms are similar in the way that they are fabricated out of metal.  My initial interest with body armor was ignited when I began working with copper. This material presented plenty of potential to me. Body armor is something that not only offers physical protection but also emotional protection. Earlier in my life I didn't know who I was so I decided to create copper casts to protect my emotional identity and a cocoon to preserve my curiosity and inspiration. Most of the armor I create is cold smithed meaning that I use no heat to shape the metal. I connect my metal the same way that airplanes are fabricated; with rivets.  My current collection consists of two full suits of armor and several fantastical helmets. Each suit I build allows me to grow up just a little bit more.  I have delved into several other mediums including wood, glass, clay, marble, and, especially, a way of drawing with masking tape that I've developed myself. With a single panel or wall, I lay down a full layer of masking tape, from edge to edge. Then I draw out my design. Using an X-Acto knife, I cut out some pieces and leave others, to create a strong contrast image. To prevent tape decay, I spray the finished work with a polyurethane coating. I suppose examining this process could be similar to a medical operation with the tape serving as skin and the removing of the tape representing the exposed anatomy. Many of my tape drawings have been anatomically based and inspired by the Renaissance with a similar style to that of the Pop Art Movement.   I have much to learn and an incredible amount of territory to cover mentally, physically, and spiritually. With that in mind, in order to achieve my purpose, whatever that may be, I must continue to learn and gain as many skills as possible. The future will be exciting since the sky is the limit. - Nickolai

Modularity Opening Reception First Friday April 3, 2015 from 7-10PM.

FRANK HART MEMORIAL GALLERY (a.k.a. First Fridays Gallery)

Seers and Mystics - Orgia (Gia) Labidi

 "My work is more about the creative process and less about the finished pieces - the finale. I enjoy the creative process and I create art across several visual mediums utilizing wood and clay as the primary mediums, found objects, fabric and paint as tools. In working with wood and clay I usually have no plan. I've done no sketching. I have no idea how the piece will end. Each piece starts with a strong desire to do it, to make something happen, to say something or nothing at all. I manipulate the pieces pounding, pulling and pushing until I feel something - anything. I look to the materials, the hardwood and moist clay, to tell me what they want to be, how they want to come together. I love to see wood and clay take shape. It's as if the pieces of hardwood and moist clay are waiting for me to reveal what is hidden within--unique curves, smooth ends and secret places. There is something about the affect of sandpaper on wood and smooth stones on semi-moist clay that move me to state of primal clarity. Through the manipulation of these materials, I create art that celebrates life with a focus on the divine feminine in nature." http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150170054207485.309333.102999992484&type=1

Layers - photography by Lew Lott.

 Lew Lott is showcasing his combined images, cut photographs and images printed on metal and metallic paper. As the title of this exhibition implies, Lott is creating his images through Layers, using photography as a medium rather than the photograph itself as the final product. The resulting pieces are newly created many of which float on the wall and in some cases have sculptural qualities. To see more of Lott's work please call the gallery or visit www.lewlott.com